Youth in Agriculture:
As we know many youth are small scale urban farmers, we focus on fruit and vegetables by maintaining backyard gardens. Teens Uganda continues to implement alternative farm approaches to engage youth in food production, marketing and in reducing post harvest loses. We engage in selecting seeds and seedlings, an approach that allows youth to work in the garden right from before planting takes place while planning and understanding the soil status and wider ecosystem which they need to protect.
Our organization believes in aggregated effort to offer capacity programs to young people and communities through training and information information sharing to bridge existing gaps.
Therefore, our projects purpose to encourage youth to maintain model farms and project led initiatives as learning opportunities towards agricultural practice and a motivation for youth towards employment creation. Maintaining backyard and school gardens for vegetables, fruits, and well as herbal medicinal trees allows improvement of food production as well as nutritional security. Youth are major contributors to provision of sufficient food in society for children and adults in many households to address insufficient food levels and malnutrition.
Organic farming practices help us to reduce a number of epidemic challenges that are associated malnutrition deficiencies especially with improve food fields produced locally by the households them selves using the simple farming and management techniques integrated with indigenous knowledge of cropping, irrigation and harvesting.
We also work with a network of young farmers for knowledge sharing and skills building especially on using EbA approaches for food production, linking farmers to market information and better nutritional behaviors.
Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy technologies:
- Energy education and hands on Training for youth: Energy education is an important element for advancing energy wealth in our local communities. Our focus therefore towards the reducing of energy poverty in local communities (rural and urban) is behavioral change education that motivates youth into practices that lead to adaptation to sustainable and cleaner energy technologies. Teens Uganda promotes the 3R approach of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycling especially for bio-mass energy products to make charcoal Briquettes, energy saving cook stoves where we have training local artisans in Kampala, Serere and Soroti in installation of Rocket Lorena Cook stoves.
- PREACH Project: (Implement in Serere District within the Sub-counties of Labori and Kadungulu). PREACH (Promotion of Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate change Project). Between 2014 – 2016, Teens Uganda in partnership with CoU-TEDDO and SOCADIDO trained 40 artisan, from the two sub-counties and which skills the artisans have used to construct over 2,500 Lorena cook stoves with its energy efficiency principles, also with respect to gender and environmental needs. Our improved stove dissemination programme promotes not only the use of improved stoves, but also the application of health and energy related techniques through the households when using the improved stoves, i.e. providing energy saving tips and information about measures which can be undertaken to protect the health of the family member during the cooking and wood burning process. The use of the Rocket Lorena stove decisively reduces the smoke in the kitchen, resulting in better health conditions for the family members.
Artists & Cultural Rights:
We have a very strong heritage Education programme that recognises the need to promote cultural education and conservation. Teens Uganda believes that access to culture is strongly connected with education, youth, employment, cultural and media policies. Access of young people to culture is better promoted if young people’s perspectives are included in the cultural policies and access of young people to culture in youth policies, and if partnership is pursued between different fields. Appreciating that out-of-school youth are responsible for the preservation of our cultural heritage, Teens Uganda and the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda took the initiatives to explore creative ways through which young people including out-of-school youth can be engaged in heritage preservation and promotion. It is anticipated that by interacting with the youth, they can perceive themselves as custodians of cultural heritage and derive a sense of identity, self esteem and motivation from this.
Student Internship/Volunteer Opportunities:
Our service learning programme offers highly guided and successful project training activities between 4 – 36 week bringing students from local Universities and foreign Universities across Africa, the Europe and the far East.
Finding work can be a real challenge, especially if you don’t have any experience. Yet to get experience you must first find a job. It’s a nasty catch that can be difficult to get around but an internship is a good way to do it. Internships provide work experience opportunities to university students, recent graduates and people considering career changes. Employers are willing to hire interns with little or no experience, especially if the intern is willing to accept little or no monetary compensation.
Please send in your application, CV, Passport Photo: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Cycling and Walking:
As apart of our advocacy, Teens Uganda subscribes to Uganda Sustainable Transport Network (UST-Network) where we promote alternative mobility option to be non-motorized transport focusing on cycling and walking. As part of our campaign and as part of the UST-network, we undertake promotional events such as organizing CAR FREE Days since 2011, recreational activities as cycle for fun which have inspired the concept of Kampala Festival by the city council Authority of Kampala (KCCA). We have also conducted capacity workshops and media campaigns on air quality and noise pollution to engage the public through mass awareness, girls cycling training, consultation on smart city concept for East Africa and for country level development initiatives enabling sustainable communities for people through the new urban development initiatives for Greening cities.
6. Policies and Research:
As part of the capacity building programme, Teens Uganda participates actively in advocacy and primary and secosndary research leading to information resources, and education materials that can be disseminated and used to inform policies on youth and children in consultations ministries and youth support agencies. In particular as non state actors, Teens Uganda has been instrumental informating and providing policy recommendations on the following below;
- National Agricultural Extension Policy and Strategy (NAEPS) 2016.
- Comprehensive Strategic Framework on Food Security (EBAFOSA): UNEP food security programme that explore EBA to promote benefits to Ecosystems
- National Youth Manifesto and Technical working document (2015/2016)
- Joint Agricultural Sector Action Review ( 2015 and 2016)
- National Non- Motorized Transport Policy (NMT Policy 2013)
- Volunteer Exchange Programme 2018
- Model African Union Summit 2018
- National Youth Congress 2018
- RUN 4 Girls 2018